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The King in his Realm hath two superiors: God and the Law. -- Henry Care (1646-1688) on English liberties and the Magna Carta


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ITYS #2: Mark Kirk, RINO, Joins 'Mod Squad'

Ugh. Mark Kirk is still more than two weeks away from being sworn in as the new Senator, and already he’s making no bones about wanting to align himself with those who will tear down any conservative momentum in the 112th Congress. He’s even gone so far as to coin a new term for the old tattered “Gang of 14.”

Heretofore it appears they will be known as the “Mod Squad.” Get it? Moderate, Mod. Clever, yes, but repulsive to the core of every conservative heart.

Here’s the start of the dismal news as reported by The Hill‘s Blog Briefing Room:

Centrist Senate Republicans are likely to get a new ally in Sen.-elect Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), according to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).

Collins, one of the most visible centrist Republicans in the Senate, told the Kennebec Journal that the newly elected senator punned to her that he wanted to be a part of the Senate GOP’s “Mod Squad.” Columnist David B. Offer wrote:

The day after the election, Collins told me she had received a post-election telephone call from Mark Kirk, the Illinois Republican elected to fill the Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama.

“I can’t wait to join your Mod Squad,” Kirk told her.

The Maine senator’s comments highlight the potential tension between centrist and conservative Republican senators in the next Congress.

If you’ve got a strong stomach, go ahead and click on the link to also read the original story at Maine’s Kennebec Journal to see squishy, noodle-spined, media-attention-craving moderation being glorified.

Gem #1:

I think — and I certainly hope — that they are wrong. If politicians of both parties have the sense of a Maine moose, they will recognize that the election returns show that people want Congress and the president to do what it takes to turn the economy around. That can’t be done by government gridlock.

Gem #2:

Sen. Susan Collins is optimistic that the middle-of-the-road reasonable lawmakers from both parties will find a way to work together. Moderates may find answers that elude hard-core partisans, left and right.

Gem #3:

Kirk, Maine’s two senators, Collins and Olympia Snowe and moderates of both parties are a welcome contrast to Rand Paul, the new Tea Party-Libertarian-Republican senator from Kentucky, who continued to express his right-wing go-it-alone views in a post-election speech. I think he and others of his ilk will find that approach won’t work in the real world and that voters will not stand for it.

You get the gist of it. It goes further downhill from there, concluding with a multi-paragraph slap-down of Sarah Palin by Collins—including her desire to see Lisa Murkowski win, just to take down Palin.

This next six years is not going to be pretty.

Here we have my “I Told You So” #2:

h/t SisterToldjah tweet

|Campaign 2010 | Political Prudence

Levi for Murkowski?

No need to watch the following, unless you wish to have a lobotomy-by-video. It’s Levi Johnston appearing on Bill Maher’s show. Think Alvin Greene but with less to say.

Johnston’s apparently trying to be nice again and not give up anything more on the Palins, despite half of Maher’s efforts. Maher spends the other half just outright ridiculing Johnston, who merely smiles and takes it while guests Nicole Wallace and Rob Reiner get their own digs in and Jake Tapper looks uncomfortable. I almost felt sorry for Johnston. If I didn’t know he was a proven lowlife, I’d have thought he was a nice, modest guy.

Johnston does say that this is his last interview for a while (perhaps because the media’s interest is waning due to his reluctance to provide any new excitement). He’s going back to Wasilia. His mayoral campaign sounds rather unfocused right now, as he hasn’t yet decided whether he’s Republican or Democrat.

Sounds like he’s a natural Murkowski supporter to me. A little backstabby. A lot unprincipled.

Just think, Levi. You could start the endorsement war between Alaska’s two political titans. Take on Sarah, mano a mano.

Come on and do us a favor. Endorse Lisa. Make a campaign commercial for her, showing how you know how to spell, and not just an easy word, but a really hard one. You could fill out the ballot while taking a shower. The media will come running back again, ready to oil you up with limelight and hang on your every monosyllabic word.

It will add another minute to your fame–and six years’ to Joe Miller’s. Pretty please.

Update: Oops. Misspelled Johnston as Johnson. Corrected. {irony! “easy word.” doink!}